|Lord of hosts, you who test the just, who probe
mind and heart...to you I have entrusted my cause. (Jeremiah 20:12)
If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as His friend and noble leader, that man can endure all
things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us. He is a true friend.
And I clearly see that is we expect to please Him and receive an abundance of His graces,
God desires that these graces must come to us from the hands of Christ, through His most
sacred humanity, in which God takes delight.
All blessings come to us through our Lord. He will teach us, for in beholding His life we
find that he is the best example.
What more do we desire from such a good friend at our side? Unlike our friends in the
world, He will never abandon us when we are troubled or distressed. Blessed is the one who
truly loves him and always keeps Him near.
Whenever we think of Christ we should recall the love that led Him to bestow on us so many
graces and favors, and also the great love God showed in giving us in Christ a pledge of
his love; for love calls for love in return. Let us strive to keep this always before our
eyes and to rouse ourselves to love him. For is at some time the Lord should grant us the
grace of impressing his love on our hearts, all will become easy for us and we shall
accomplish great things quickly and without effort.
....Saint Teresa of Avila
Wenceslaus, king of Bohemia, being seized with a malady which rendered it
dangerous to his health to take Lenten diet, applied, in the year 1297, to Pope Boniface
VIII., for leave to eat meat. The Pontiff commissioned two Cistercian abbots to inquire
into the real state of the prince's health; they were to grant the dispensation sought
for, if they found it necessary, but on the following conditions: that the king had not
bound himself by a vow, for life, to fast during Lent; that the Fridays, the Saturdays,
and the vigil of St. Mathias, were to be excluded from the dispensation; and, lastly, that
the king was not to take his meal in presence of others, and was to observe moderation in
what he took.
Think about what God is asking of you in your current situation.
O my God! Source of all mercy! I acknowledge Your sovereign power. While
recalling the wasted years that are past, I believe that You, Lord, can in an instant turn
this loss to gain. Miserable as I am, yet I firmly believe that You can do all things.
Please restore to me the time lost, giving me Your grace, both now and in the future.